How to use the Census Data Explorer

The Census Data Explorer provides free access to Scotland's Census data.  Before you get started there are three things you need to consider:

1. What topics or tables are you interested in?  Scotland’s Census provides results on a topic based approach.  Within each topic there are a range of tables built up from the answers given to questions that are asked on the census.  If you’re not certain what topics and tables are available please consult our guidance on:  What data is available?  You can also look at a sample questionnaire to see what questions the census asked.

2.  What sort of areas do you want to see data for?  Are you just wanting to look at numbers for the whole of Scotland?  Or perhaps you are wanting to look at and compare a particular type of area, such as specific  Settlements, Council Areas, or Health Boards?  You can learn more about the different types of area in the guide provided on Census Geographies.

3. How do you want to view the data?  Scotland’s Census data is available in a variety of formats.

  • If you want to look at a single table, showing your own selection of one or more areas (such as comparing 5 specific Councils Areas) then look at the guidance on using Standard Outputs.
  • If you want an overall snapshot of census data for an area  (including the option to compare areas), then look at the guidance on using Area Profiles.
  • If you are wanting to look at visual representations of the data, then you can view selected census results through interactive Maps and Charts.
  • If you are wanting to look at options for downloading large volumes of census data, them you can view all published Standard Output tables in bulk in the Data Warehouse